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Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair and the north-west

The Cradle Mountain national park forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is the starting point for some of the best walking in the state. The rugged, rocky mountain terrain offers not only spectacular scenery, but the bushwalking experience of a lifetime www.parks.tas.gov.au/natparks/cradle.

Buttongrass plains, alpine heaths and ancient rainforest complement the native beech (Nothofagus gunnii), which lends spectacular colour to the autumn landscape. Deciduous trees are rare in the native Australian landscape, so this is something of a rarity. Glacial lakes and mountain streams add to the beauty of the area, which is also well-populated with native wildlife.

The Overland Track is a 6-day trek and a wonderful way to see the best of the area. The best, and most popular, time of the year is the summer: December to February. You need to book and pay park fees to walk at this time of the year. For more information see www.parks.tas.gov.au/recreation/tracknotes.

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